Review of Josh Axelrad’s Blackjack Bio, "Repeat Until Rich"

If you can tip a waiter, you can count cards.

I believe there’s a little bit of gamble in all of us. But for some there’s a ton of gamble, along with a possible addiction. This is the road Josh Axelrad traveled in his memoir, Repeat Until Rich. While the subtitle reads, “A Professional Card Counter’s Chronicle of the Blackjack Wars”, it isn’t so much about wars as it is about small exciting battles.

Josh Axelrad left his nine-to-five job to join a group/team consisting of MIT graduates and gambling veterans. Together they formed a card counting team that would beat casinos out of hundreds of thousands of dollars per session. I’ve seen movies and read books about card counting but this was the first one that details how multiple teams attack several casinos at once.

Axelrad goes into simplistic detail on how card counting works and the different roles each team member plays. Bringing these together you see how the system must work in harmony to be successful. It also shows when one thing is out of order a lot of money can be lost quickly. While card counting isn’t illegal, casinos definitely frown upon it and take great pleasure in “politely” escorting you out. Eventually you can be barred from the casino. This is where the drama and excitement emerges as the teams have to outsmart dealers, pit bosses, and the eye in the sky (security). They develop characters and wear disguises to be able to continue playing in the biggest casinos.

There isn’t much in terms of relationships between the team members and you don’t feel any strong connection with anyone except Axelrad. The teams travel from gambling town to gambling town to run their game plans and you see the toll the road takes on them. From Atlantic City to Las Vegas to the gambling boats on the Mississippi the stress and grind wears on the team and they eventually go their separate ways.

Axelrad returns home to New York after winning over $700,000 in four years and you’d expect this is where the story would flatten out and become one of settling down. It does the opposite as Axelrad becomes addicted to online poker and ends up taking his life down a whole new road. While prosperous new doors had opened for him on his homecoming he slams them all shut to sit home and put his four years of winnings to the test. The excitement of the first half of the book gives way to desperation and depression.

Being an on/off again online poker/blackjack player myself I totally connected with his highs and some of the lows. While it’s considered a cautionary tale it also supplied plenty of excitement and some laughs. If you ever wanted to know how card counting works and actually understand how it’s applied in the casinos I’d suggest reading this book.

Poker Book Review – All In – An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em by Amarillo Slim Preston

I am really not much of a book reviewer but I would like to share this with you. While visiting Amarillo Slim’s new website http://amarilloslim.org I came across Amarillo Slim’s new ebook, All In: An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em, I believe it to be the greatest and most educational book on poker yet. With so many books about poker on the market at first I was skeptical, figuring old Slim was just trying to cash in on the poker craze like everyone else but then I read the book and found It is just simply written and easy to understand. The chapter on hand odds is worth the price of the book, much less the starting hands and tells chapters that give a special insight to a great poker mind at work and a story you will not want to miss. this book also dives into many other aspects of poker including psychology, table position, and of course finding games you can beat. This book was not only informative but very entertaining.

So if you are looking for some good reading or a poker lesson that you actually learn something from, this is the book for you.

Amarillo Slim Preston is a true poker legend, member of five halls of fame, winner of five WSOP bracelets, including the WSOP Championship in 1972. Besides poker, he is also known as a world class billiard’s player and one of the most publicized proposition gamblers in history, making him one of the most successful and recognizable gamblers the world has ever known.

Limit Hold’em – Winning Short-Handed Strategies Book Review

There’s a lot more to the book than how to play a better poker game. It likewise deals with fundamental concepts that many books do not put a dent in. The book Addresses, table Selection, player modeling, standard Deviation, & statistics. If you have not discovered these concepts before then this is a good reason to study this book. The most beneficial section is on “super-short” games, these tables commonly have only two to four players. I am certain you acknowledge that the game alters a good deal when there are fewer players at the table. I read this book since I found it hard to find full tables at a few online poker rooms I play at, this book will assist you in playing these shorthanded & turbo tables that you discover online. The book is 362 pages of a few of the most exclusive poker facts that you can’t get anyplace else. Be sure to analyze the 245 quiz questions & examples that are in the book & your game will improve & you’ll start to dominate & control the limit hold’em poker tables.

If you play shorthanded limit hold ’em you need to buy the book. I’ve read numerous poker books & these are the best strategies ever written about the subject of shorthanded limit hold’em. Former books include parts on playing shorthanded but none of them can even compare to the quantity of information that this book renders on the subject. These authors have chosen a small but crucial part of playing limit hold’em & converted it into a great piece of work. This book is the new authority on playing shorthanded limit hold’em. Since the subject isn’t the most popular the book doesn’t get the same esteem as say Winning Low-Limit Hold’em by Lee Jones but the maneuvers taught are as useful. If you play fixed limit poker you must buy this book, if you play poker then you’ll encounter shorthanded games at some point & need to know strategies that will work. There is not an aspect of playing shorthanded that the book doesn’t address.

I seldom thought of shorthanded games as profitable till I read this book. The authors Terry Bored & Lawrence Mak have made a lot of money playing online poker & are experts. This book may not better every facet of your game but you won’t learn more on the subject anyplace else. The book blew me away, possibly because I didn’t have high prospects for it, but in the end I was glad I read it. The worst part of the book is that it’s just 362 pages & it departs you desiring even more.